Telling Time in Spanish  

Discussing Time Telling Time

When traveling in a Spanish speaking country, few things are more important than the ability for telling time in Spanish. One will use a different verb for telling time in English and for telling time in Spanish. The verb ser is used when asking or telling the time in Spanish. A few examples:

¿Qué hora es?
What time is it?

Es la una. - It's one o'clock.

Son las dos. - It's two o'clock.

Son las doce. - It's twelve o'clock.

Note: The plural form (son) is used for two o'clock through twelve.

Instead of saying 15 minutes, cuarto is generally used. Media is used instead of 30 minutes.

Es la una y cuarto.
It is one-fifteen (1:15).

A la una y media.
At one-thirty (1:30).

Note: Minutes up to half an hour are added to the hour using y; above that, they are typically subtracted from the hour with menos.

Son las cinco y diez.
It's ten after five.

Son las tres menos cuarto.
It's two forty-five (2:45).

Son las tres menos diez.
It's ten till three (2:50).

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